Ian Hamilton

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Ian Hamilton
0Full Name Ian Michael Hamilton
0Date of Birth 31 October 1950
0Place of Birth Streatham, London
0Position Midfielder
0Chelsea career 1967-1968
0Debut 18 March 1967
0Games (goals) 5 (2)
0Other clubs Southend United
Aston Villa
Sheffield United
Minnesota Kicks
San Jose Earthquakes

Ian Michael "Chico" Hamilton (born 31 October 1950 in Streatham) is a former midfielder who played for Chelsea in the 1966-67 season, having joined the club as a junior. He is the youngest player to have appeared for the Chelsea first team, making his debut aged 16 years and 138 days. He only played for the Blues on five occasions however, scoring twice. After a season at Southend United he went on to have a long and successful career at Aston Villa, and also played for Sheffield United before finishing his career in the North American Soccer League. Hamilton was nicknamed "Chico" after the prominent American jazz drummer who shared his surname.


Chelsea career

Having joined the club as a junior, he became Chelsea's youngest player – and goalscorer – in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, equalising after former Chelsea striker Jimmy Greaves had given Spurs the lead. He made four more appearances for Chelsea during the 1966-67 season, scoring a second goal in a 3-2 loss at Leicester City in the final league game of the season. He spent the 1967-68 season at Southend United before joining Aston Villa for a fee of £5,000.

After Chelsea

One of England's oldest and most decorated clubs, Aston Villa were undergoing a period of turmoil when Hamilton joined, and were relegated to the Third Division at the end of his second season. Having established himself in the side he contributed to the club's recovery; Villa were promoted to the Second Division in 1972, having reached the League Cup final the previous season despite being in the third tier. Hamilton won the League Cup with Villa four years later, playing in a 1-0 victory against Norwich City.

Hamilton joined Sheffield United a year later, where he spend two seasons, before moving to the USA to play in the emerging North American Soccer League. He played for Minnesota Kicks and San Jose Earthquakes, before coaching youngsters in the US after his retirement from playing.


Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1966-67 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Total 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
11966-6718 March1967First DivisionTottenham Hotspur1-11-1White Hart Lane
21966-6709 May1967First DivisionLeicester City1-22-3Filbert Street
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